Kenya Newspapers Review: Robert Monda’s Impeachment Leaves chest-thumping Osoro group Ashamed

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Kenya Newspapers Review: Robert Monda’s Impeachment Leaves chest-thumping Osoro group Ashamed

The likelihood of Raila Odinga, the leader of the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party, securing the chairperson position of the African Union Commission was extensively covered in local newspapers on Saturday, March 16.

Additionally, the newspapers reported that Joseph Irungu, also known as Jowie, fulfilled his promise to appeal the death sentence to the appellate court.

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1.Taifa Leo

According to the Swahili newspaper, President William Ruto is anticipated to affix his signature to the Affordable Housing Bill of 2023 as soon as the Senate-approved version of the bill is passed by the National Assembly.

After senators from Kenya Kwanza prevailed over their Azimio counterparts and rejected a number of amendments intended to provide relief to Kenyans, the bill was ultimately passed.

Opposition senators, led by Okong’o Omogeni (Nyamira), objected to the mandatory 1.5% housing tax imposed on all Kenyans and deemed the bill unconstitutional.

In contrast, senators from Kenya First, led by Majority Leader Aaron Cheruiyot, authorised minor amendments proposed by other members and Senate Transport Committee Chairman Karongo Wa Thang’wa.

Senator Wa Thang’wa of Kiambu, for example, suggested that purchasers of these dwellings should not be permitted to resell them.

Furthermore, senators suggested the formation of county-level Affordable Housing Committees to supervise the program’s implementation, thereby granting substantial authority to county governments in the nationwide construction of these dwellings.

The objective of the Affordable Housing Bill of 2023 is to legitimise the imposition of a monthly housing levy of 1.5% on the informal sector and self-employed Kenyans.

2. Saturday Nation

According to the article, the censure of Deputy Governor Robert Monda of Kisii brought to light the political leadership intrigues that have historically plagued the region.

Two political factions have emerged in Kisii since the incumbency of Governor Simba Arati overthrew James Ongwae: one is headed by South Mugirango MP Silvanus Osoro, and the other is led by the governor.

Education CS Ezekiel Machogu, Senator Richard Onyonka, Woman Representative Dorice Aburi, Kitutu Chache North MP Japheth Nyakundi, and Monda are all members of Mr. Osoro’s faction.

Since it had sworn to ensure Monda’s survival, the chest-thumping Osoro group is now sitting with its heads in the ashes due to the impeachment of the deputy governor.

As soon as Osoro led a group of anti-Arati politicians to the DG’s residence in Keumbu, Monda’s difficulties commenced.

Osoro pledged to prevent the impeachment of the DG Monda, stating that the DG could only be impeached in the Senate.

3. The Star

As previously documented in the newspaper, President William Ruto has reaffirmed his dedication to deploying Kenyan police to Haiti with the objective of mitigating gang violence in the Caribbean nation. 

He declared that Kenya intends to conduct a reconnaissance mission in Haiti as soon as a viable government is established.

Ruto engaged in telephone discussions with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Bahamas Prime Minister Philip Davis (who represented the Caribbean Community and Common Market), and departing Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry on Thursday. 

In light of the persistent violence in Haiti subsequent to Henry’s resignation as prime minister, this action was taken.

“During our discussions, I conveyed our unwavering commitment to supporting Haiti, emphasizing that they are our brothers and sisters. I assured them that we will remain actively involved and we will not abandon Haiti in their time of need,” the President said in a post on X.

He described Kenya’s strategy to send a reconnaissance mission after a functional government is established, ensuring that the security forces are well-equipped and briefed to efficiently adapt to the changing circumstances.

4. Saturday Standard

Raila Odinga, the leader of Azimio, moved closer yesterday to securing the much sought-after position of chairing the African Union. The candidate’s candidature was approved by the Commission (AUC) once all obstacles were resolved.

Raila had significant success following a lengthy and private meeting of the Executive Council, where a resolution was unanimously accepted. 

According to the resolution, the Eastern Africa area would be responsible for selecting the next chair, while the deputy chair role will be given to Northern Africa.

The Central, Western, and Southern regions will vie for the six commissioner slots that are still available.

In a same vein, the council eliminated the obstacle of gender rotation, which would have prevented Raila from participating in the race to replace the current chair, Moussa Faki Mahamat, in February of next year.

Additionally, a suggestion to exclude countries that had generated individuals who hold high-ranking positions in the AUC, which would have disqualified Kenya from participating in the race due to its previous production of a former AUC deputy chair.

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Kenya Newspapers Review: Robert Monda’s Impeachment Leaves chest-thumping Osoro group Ashamed

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